The Blackburne Legacy (Bloodlines Legacy #1) by Apryl Baker

Alex has been locked up for years and when she’s finally released, she thinks it’s an opportunity to put the past behind her and get on with living her life. Within hours of settling into her new home with her brother trouble finds her and if it isn’t the bad boy Luka with his dangerous gypsy magic, then it is the fact that she’s concealing the madness that seems to be creeping back. The difference is that this time, Alex has friends who also have some pretty crazy secrets.

Alex is a complex character who doesn’t know or understand herself so her mysteries are unraveled slowly, much to the reader and the character’s surprise. Her past doesn’t just come back to bite her it barrels into her like a freight train and changes everyone’s lives which makes for a real action read.

I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed the story until I got to the end when the book hangover set in. Baker has a knack for hooking you in without you realising it so I can’t wait to read the next book.

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The Gift (Mageri #5.5) by Dannika Dark

It’s Christmas time and the whole extended family and friends group in the Mageri world gets together to celebrate. Simon is his usual sweet, funny self, Justus shows more romance than he ever thought was possible and Adam is still making googly eyes at Sadie but what really steals the show is Silver and Logan’s desire to have a child of their own.

This short Christmas addition to the series had me all sweetened up by the cute antics of each family member but if you’ve read Dark’s other series Seven (and I highly recommend that you do) then you will understand why I cried at the ending. Wow. This book might be smaller than Dark’s previous books, but it packs one hell of a punch.

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Risk (Mageri) by Dannika Dark

Ella is a difficult learner that Hannah can’t wait to be rid of. When Hannah arranges for Simon to train her learner, he doesn’t know what to expect but he certainly doesn’t expect her to be deaf. A mage with disabilities is unheard of in their world and he sets about putting the learner to the test. He soon finds out that not only is she a brilliant fighter who can compensate for her inability to hear but they have a unique gift between them.

Stepping out of Silver’s life and into Simon’s we get a different perspective of the Mageri world. Simon is the ultimate playboy with a liking for leather trousers and weird humour but he’s also a strategist which makes him one of the most interesting characters in Dark’s Mageri world.

Ella is a fantastic strong female with a unique sense of strength, humour, and abilities. Dark has a real talent for crafting brilliant, strong female leads and Ella has to be one of my favourites. She matches Simon’s intellect and compliments him in every way making me itch to read more about the couple.

The story has an ongoing theme to fit into the series but it also really explores a different side to the Mageri world and with every story I read this series just gets better.

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Impulse (Mageri #3) by Dannika Dark

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Silver is coming to terms with being a mage and with the abilities that go with it. With Adam struggling to accept himself and Logan’s Gathering to deal with she isn’t prepared for the Chitah who seems intent on making her his, with or without her permission.

This series is becoming very addictive and there are several reasons for that. The characters are complex and exciting; the reader can easily become emotionally invested in them. The town of Cognito is full of intrigue and the world of paranormal creatures that Dark has created to fill the town has enough interest to keep the readers hooked.

In this story, we get to know Christian who is an ancient vampire with a comeback for any conversation but we also find out how Justice became who he is and as Silver’s guardian it’s an emotional experience.

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Twist (Mageri #2) by Dannika Dark

Silver is suffering from boredom because as a learner mage she is kept protected and in near isolation by her guardian, Justice. Silver just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble and enlists Adam’s help to reunite with an old friend from her human life, Sunny. When things go wrong, she learns that she is stronger than she realised and more determined than anyone could have anticipated.

I took a while to get into this series but Dark has serious talent and I couldn’t stay away for long. The worlds she creates are so realistic and full of exciting potential that it makes sense to build an entire series from them.

Silver is a strong female lead, and this is something Dark does well. Powerful, sexy characters, alpha males who submit to females, and strong conflict and external dangers. The stories are full of energy and are great for a little escapism but they can become addictive.

Twist features a slow-moving, beautiful, romantic development, and the speed at which it moves forward is unusual but refreshing. It also serves to open up another branch of shifter breed that I can’t wait to get my teeth into.

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Vampire Soul (Heartblaze #1) by Shay Roberts

Emma has never fit into society and that has a lot to do with her gift. Being able to see someone’s soul tends to set her apart from most other people, that is until she meets Stefan. Feeling drawn to him saves her life but with so many people, human and others, chasing her she runs. Of course, running straight into a predator while chasing your haunted dreams isn’t quite the ticket to happiness she hoped it would be.

This story is a full-on adventure rather than a simple romance so don’t let the cover fool you. Not only is there a little love triangle to get your teeth into but several supernatural creatures who are hell-bent (excuse the pun) on taking Emma out of circulation.

Emma’s character is complicated and she might not always take the logical path but she doesn’t disappoint on action. She’s a strong female lead with an in-depth history that is released slowly throughout the book.

This is a series that should be read in sequence and if you like more than a carefree romance with your paranormal / supernaturals then get stuck in. I look forward to the next book.

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The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellan Alphas #1) by T. A. Grey

When Alicia is blindfolded and carted off to a new pack, she doesn’t know what to expect. Her first thoughts are of escape and her next are to uncover the mystery of the pack’s alpha but as the story unfolds, she finds her life is in great danger and not from the alpha.

Gavin is intrigued by Alicia, one of the women sent to be his prospective mate. She has more spirit than anyone he’s ever met and her beauty is beyond compare. Her attempts at escape are soon replaced by her desire to see his face and he will do anything to stop that happening.

This is the shifter equivalent of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Gavin is the honourable but destroyed beast and Alicia is beauty with a fierce independence and desire to be free. The external interruptions slow down the chance of romance, drawing it out and giving the story a depth that would have been otherwise lacking.

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